The main LEC lineMonrovia-Kakata Electrification Project Gets UnderwayAuthorities at the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) say the second phase of the World Bank-funded Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project (LACEEP) — of the Monrovia-Kakata corridor electrification project — has resumed.According to the LEC, the project aims to connect 10,300 new users to the national electricity grid. LACEEP also aims to advance Liberia’s national Agenda for Transformation to achieve a more prosperous and inclusive society.Authorities indicated that Customers’ recruitment is underway in Soul Clinic, FDA Community, Mt. Barclay, and Johnsonville.Households, small businesses, institutions as well as large commercial and institutional users are among the targeted beneficiaries of the ongoing project, authorities have said.The LEC authorities said phase one of the project saw the construction of a 66 kilovolts (KV) transmission line from Paynesville to Kakata, the rehabilitation of the Paynesville substation, and the construction of a 66/33KV substation in the city of Kakata.“A new 66/33KV substation has also been constructed in Kakata and expansion work is being concluded on the existing 66/22KV substation in Paynesville. The project also entails the construction of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) tanks and pipelines,” they said.The phase of the project which entails the electrification of communities in the economic corridor of Paynesville-Kakata is underway.“This will pave the way for meter installation, which is expected to begin over the coming weeks. The project is also expected to connect customers in the city of Kakata and Wheala pending the full completion of the Kakata sub-station and construction of 66KV transmission line between Paynesville and Kakata,” the LEC authorities said.The LEC meanwhile over the weekend informed residents of the mentioned communities to properly wire their homes in preparation for connections. Residents were warned against individuals requesting money to mark their structures.Brendan O’Connor, Network and Installation Supervisor, cautioned residents of the danger of theft of electricity that would be posed to the transformers and other installations that have been installed to provide electricity to their communities.He further encouraged residents to prevent criminals from making illegal connections to the installations when the lines are energized.Mr. O’Connor explained the effect power theft continued to have on LEC’s expansion projects, which also undermines revenue generation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Some Delta Air Lines passengers are enjoying smoother rides these days thanks to a new app for pilots.Developed in conjunction with US defense contractor Basic Commerce and Industries, the app should help take a bite out of turbulence encounters shown by long-term data from the US National Transportation Safety Board to be the leading cause of serious passenger injuries.To underscore the often out-of-the–blue viciousness of some turbulence, the NTSB says the phenomenon accounted for just 3 percent of all weather-related accidents between 2000 and 2011 but still seriously hurt more passengers than any other type of accident.One case-in-point is the August 12, 2016, encounter with rough air by JetBlue Flight 429. The A320 was headed from Boston to Sacramento when turbulence hit hard. The aircraft diverted to land at Rapid City, South Dakota, where 24 passengers were hospitalized. One compared the experience to a “bad dream” while another told CNN people were “flying out of their seat belts and hitting their heads on the ceiling; it was very scary”.Not only does turbulence exact a human toll, but it costs the airlines plenty: $100 million for US airlines every year, much of it in maintenance bills.The Delta/BCI application isn’t for passenger consumption, tt’s purely for pilots. A blog post on the Delta News Hub says it “allows pilots to plug in their flight plan and view where turbulence is and how it’s being encountered.” The display is depicted on a 3-D, color-coded map.Enabling the application are algorithms developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research derived from data from sensors on more than 300 aircraft.The process entailed combining vertical accelerometer readings with things like pitch, roll and wind speed. Taken together, they paint a picture that’s sometimes a must to avoid. That picture is fed back into forecast modelsDelta says the app “customizes” the data by aircraft type. Different aircraft respond in different ways to turbulence. The ride you get in a 737 may be decidedly different than one in a larger A330—the flagship of Delta’s intercontinental fleet.And how are the people at the front of the plane adapting to app? First Officer (co-pilot) Jason Rice labels it “the most incredible enhancement to en-route situational awareness since the glass cockpit (electronic, digital displays in lieu of older analog ‘round-gauge’ dials).“The forecasts are accurate, the reports objective and indicative of actual conditions,’ he says.Delta has already installed the turbulence-reporting algorithm on its Boeing 737s and wide body 767s, and has plans to cover international flights soon when it adds the app to its Boeing 777s and Airbus A330s.
21 November 2011Johannesburg’s biggest cycle race, the Momentum 94.7, drew 25 000 riders to the City of Gold on Sunday. The result came down to a bunch sprint of 10 men, with MTN-Qhubeka’s Arran Brown emerging as the winner ahead of teammate Reinardt Janse van Rensburg.It is a race that has been good to Brown in the past. He won it in 2009 and finished as runner-up in 2010.The racing began at a fast pace as the cyclists made their way along the M1 highway, which is normally packed with traffic making its way into the Joburg city centre during the week, but was closed for the road race on Sunday.SplinteredAfter 18 kilometres, with the leading bunch closing in on the King of the Mountains checkpoint, the group splintered into four groups, with 11 riders breaking away at the front just after the King of the Mountains, which was won by Tasol GT rider David Maree, with MTN Qhubeka’s Dennis van Niekerk in second.Sprinters Arran Brown and Tyler Day (Team Bonitas) were the last two men to make it into the leading pack as the race front-runners powered their way through the city centre.Two men expected to challenge for the title, Nolan Hoffman of Tasol GT and Herman Fouche of Cape Town Fish Market, were, however, missing from the break and sent their team-mates to the front to begin the chase.Up front, Team Bonitas riders’ Darren Lill, Johann Rabie, Jason Bakke, Tyler Day and Hanco Kachelhofer, as well as MTN Qhubeka’s Martin Wesemann, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Arran Brown were setting the tempo. Also with them, but without the assistance of their teams, were Louis Meintjes (Team Toyota Academy), James Perry (Team Tasol GT) and Ian McLeod (Team Northcliff Cycles).Three-minute leadEventually the chasing bunches merged and that took the sting out of the tail as the breakaway riders built their lead to three minutes with 25 kilometres to go.James Perry attacked twice in the last five kilometres, but his efforts were to no avail as the remaining 10 riders readied themselves for a bunch sprint. Ian McLeod’s chances were blown, though, when he suffered a puncture.SA road race champion Lill set the tempo up the final drag before the left turn to the finish. Martin Wesemann (Team MTN Qhubeka) then took over the charge, with Reinardt Janse van Rensburg on his wheel, followed by Hanco Kachelhofer and 2011 Cape Argus Cycle Tour winner Tyler Day.Picture perfectBrown sat behind Day and was in fourth place as the riders the final right turn around the roundabout. In a picture-perfect finish for Team MTN Qhubeka, Brown and Jane van Rensburg then powered away from their nearest rivals up the incline to the finish.It marked the 32nd race win of the season for the MTN-Qhubeka men’s team.WomenThe women’s race saw four riders go clear of the rest, with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Jo van der Winkel (both Team Nashua Toyota), Cherise Taylor (Team USN) and Lise Olivier (Team MTN Qhubeka) maintaininga lead of two minutes over their nearest challengers for the whole race.In the end, it was Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio who got the better of defending champion Cherise Taylor in the sprint to the line, with Van der Winkel taking the final podium spot and Olivier finishing fourth.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As the debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continues, agriculture is being reminded of the crucial importance of exports markets.Last week U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced some fairly robust export numbers while also considering the massive agricultural ramifications if NAFTA negotiations prove unfruitful.“I believe we have plan A, which is renewing NAFTA. But I am a planner and a plan B thinker. If we don’t get a successful renegotiation we know that is going to have some devastating effects on agriculture and commodity prices. I think it is incumbent on me to think about those kinds of things,” Perdue said. “NAFTA has been favorable to agriculture in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, but it is almost 23 years old and a lot of things have changed in that time, including the Internet. Canada still restrains our marketing in dairy, poultry and eggs. We think our markets are more open to them then theirs are to us. We’d like to change that. The President is very concerned about the manufacturing trade deficit with Mexico. The President is very determined to have a fair and open trade deal of equal reciprocity and that is why I think we’ll be successful.”Though Perdue’s Plan B details are not clear, the benefits of NAFTA to agriculture in the U.S. are much more defined. U.S. agricultural exports totaled $140.5 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017, climbing nearly $10.9 billion from the previous year to the third-highest level on record, U.S. As it has done for well over 50 years, the U.S. agricultural sector once again posted an annual trade surplus, which reached $21.3 billion, up almost 30% from last year’s $16.6 billion.China finished the fiscal year as the United States’ largest export customer, with shipments valued at $22 billion, followed by NAFTA countries Canada ($20.4 billion) and Mexico ($18.6 billion, a 6% gain from last year).“U.S. agriculture depends on trade. It is great to see an increase in exports and we hope to open additional markets to build on this success,” Perdue said. “I’m a grow-it-and-sell-it kind of guy. If American agricultural producers keep growing it, USDA will keep helping to sell it around the world.”In addition, exports to Japan grew 12%, to $11.8 billion. Rounding out the top 10 markets were the European Union ($11.6 billion), South Korea ($6.9 billion), Hong Kong ($4 billion), Taiwan ($3.4 billion), Indonesia ($3 billion) and the Philippines ($2.6 billion).U.S. bulk commodity exports set a volume record at 159 million metric tons, up 11% from FY 2016, while their value rose 16% to $51.4 billion. The surge was led by soybean exports, which reached a record 60 million metric tons, valued at $24 billion. Exports of corn, wheat and cotton all grew as well, with the value of cotton exports climbing 70%, to $5.9 billion, wheat exports up 21%, to $6.2 billion, and corn exports up six%, to $9.7 billion.A number of other products saw significant export increases as well. U.S. dairy exports grew 17% to $5.3 billion, beef exports were up 16% to $7.1 billion, and pork exports rose 14% to $6.4 billion. Overall, horticultural product exports increased 3% to nearly $33.9 billion, largely driven by an 8% increase in exports of tree nuts, which reached $8.1 billion, the second-highest total on record. Processed food and beverage exports rose 2% to $39.2 billion.Exports are responsible for 20% of U.S. farm income, also driving rural economic activity and supporting more than one million American jobs both on and off the farm. USDA continues to work to boost export opportunities for U.S. agricultural products by opening new markets, pursuing new trade agreements, enforcing existing agreements, and breaking down barriers to trade.
Saurav Ghosal is on a high. The country’s leading squash player is going through the best phase of his international career. The 24-year-old reached the quarter-finals of the British Super Series this month, in the process becoming the first Indian to do. Not only that, he stretched reigning world champion Amr Shabana to five games in the Hong Kong Open in July.Saurav Ghosal is going through best phase of his career.Speaking to Mail Today, after his first practice session at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in the Capital, Ghoshal said he was happy with the conditions.”It is the first time that I have stepped on to these courts. It was a very good feeling. In terms of lighting and other factors, these courts are comparable to the best in the world. The ASB courts, which are used on the Professional Squash Association ( PSA) circuit are also being used in this competition,” he said.At the same time, Saurav cautioned that there were minor things that needed to be done.”Well they are some minor glitches which can be sorted out. These glitches occur in most tournaments so it is nothing surprising,” he said.About the level of competition at the Games, Saurav said it was going to be a tough one. “We have the likes of Nick Mathews ( world No. 3), James Willtstrop (No. 6) and Peter Barker (No. 7). It is going to be a very formidable one,” he said.Speaking about his performance this year, Saurav, who’s ranked 26th – his best ever so far – said that his good showing was due to his self- belief and conviction.advertisement”When you have the belief that you can beat the top players then it becomes that much easier for you to win against the leading players,” he said.He came up with a couple of sterling performances this year. In May, he stretched former world champion and current world No. 3 Amr Shabana to five games at the Hong Kong Open. “That was one of the best matches I have played this year. Initially, I had some blues playing against Amr. He is my idol and here I was up against him,” he conceded.But once he got over the blues, Saurav matched the Egyptian shot for shot. ” In the end, what separated him from me was just a couple of crucial points which he won,” he said.Thereafter, Saurav came up with his terrific performance at the British Super Series event – one of the top ranked events on the PSA circuit in September. The Indian made it to the quarterfinals where he lost to Englishman James Willstrop.”I was extremely satisfied with my performance at this event in Manchester. It was the first time I made such a progress in a tournament of such a magnitude,” he said.Saurav feels his decision to base abroad – in Leeds, England – has got him the desired results.”Initially, I had some hesitation.But then five years down the line, I am convinced that I made the right decision. The competition in England is very tough. In fact, I am practicing with Willstrop almost on a daily basis,” he said.SAVOURS ASIAD BRONZESaurav has very vivid memories of the bronze medal won at the Asian Games in 2006. ” I have very fond memories of Doha. The most unfortunate part was that my opponent in the quarter- finals happened to be my good friend Ritwik ( Bhattacharya). It ( the bronze) was my first major medal at the international level and I will treasure it for the rest of my career,” he said.Meanwhile, national coach Cyrus Poncha was satisfied with the way his wards shaped up during the two practice sessions.”They arrived from Chennai only on Saturday afternoon and got a feel of the courts today. I am happy with the way they were hitting the ball,” he said.